I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, 2021 was a great year for film. We saw many directorial debuts, a decent amount of originality, some sequels that outdid their predecessors, and a whole lot of Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K. Simmons. Last month, I brought you the nominations for the now postponed Critics Choice Awards as I am a member of the Critics Choice Association. Well, I am also a member of the Music City Films Critics’ Association as is my GVN brother, Dillon Gonzales, and our votes have been tallied and the nominations are hot and ready. Here’s what we had to say:

The Power of the Dog leads the way with 10 nominations for the Music City Film Critics’ Association’s 2022 Film Awards. Jane Campion’s Western secures the most-ever nominations for a film in the history of the MCFCA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 11, 2022 – The Music City Film Critics’ Association is proud to announce its nominations for the MCFCA 2022 Film Awards. The association is comprised of more than 30 professional film critics working in or near Nashville, Tennessee.

The winners will be announced on January 25, 2022.

The Power of the Dog leads the way with 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director – Jane Campion, Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Supporting Actress – Kirsten Dunst, Best Supporting Actor – Kodi Smit-McPhee, Best Screenplay, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

Belfast, Dune, and Licorice Pizza follow just behind with eight nominations each. West Side Story rounds out the top five with six nominations.

 A Quiet Place Part II, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Mass, and The Tragedy of Macbeth each scored four nominations.

“As the film industry continues to recover during an ongoing pandemic, the 2021 calendar was filled with a number of exceptional films from January to December,” Sean Atkins, president of the MCFCA, said. “From blockbusters, to indies, and streamers, I couldn’t be happier with our wide variety of nominees up and down the ballot. All of this wouldn’t be possible without our members, the filmmakers, the studios behind these nominees, and the healthcare workers who have done everything to combat COVID-19 and help us feel safe and comfortable in returning to theaters on a more frequent basis.”

MCFCA vice president Michael Compton added,

“Once again the nominations encapsulate a large variety of films, from blockbusters to streaming options. These nominations reflect an outstanding year in film in terms of both quantity and quality.”

To speak with a member of the MCFCA regarding the 2022 nominations, please send an email request to mcfca615@gmail.com.

You can follow the MCFCA on Facebook at Music City Film Critics’ Association and Twitter @mcfca615.

The 2022 Music City Film Critics’ Association Film Award Nominations

Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in Licorice Pizza

Best Picture

Belfast

C’mon C’mon

CODA

Dune

Licorice Pizza

The French Dispatch

The Harder They Fall

The Power of the Dog

Tick, Tick…BOOM!

West Side Story

(L to R) Jamie Dornan as “Pa”, Ciarán Hinds as “Pop”, Jude Hill as “Buddy”, and Judi Dench as “Granny” in director Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST, a Focus Features release. Credit : Rob Youngson / Focus Features

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza

Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

 

Best Actor

Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Nicolas Cage – Pig

Simon Rex – Red Rocket

Will Smith – King Richard

Best Actress

Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Lady Gaga – House of Gucci

Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter

THE POWER OF THE DOG: KODI SMIT-McPHEE as PETER in THE POWER OF THE DOG. Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

Best Supporting Actor

Bradley Cooper – Licorice Pizza

Colman Domingo – Zola

Jason Isaacs – Mass

Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Troy Kotsur – CODA

(L-R): Ilda Mason as Luz, Ariana DeBose as Anita, and Ana Isabelle as Rosalia in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Best Supporting Actress

Ann Dowd – Mass

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story

Caitriona Balfe – Belfast

Kathryn Hunter – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog

Jude Hill stars as “Buddy” in director Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST, a Focus Features release. Credit : Rob Youngson / Focus Features

Best Young Actor

Cooper Hoffman – Licorice Pizza

Jude Hill – Belfast

Noah Jupe – A Quiet Place Part II

Reyn Doi – Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon

Emilia Jones and Eugenio Derbez in “CODA,” premiering globally on Apple TV+ on August 13, 2021.

Best Young Actress

 Emilia Jones – CODA

McKenna Grace – Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Millicent Simmonds – A Quiet Place Part II

Rachel Zegler – West Side Story

Saniyya Sidney – King Richard

THE HARDER THEY FALL (L to R) (4th from Left): DELROY LINDO as BASS REEVES, IDRIS ELBA as RUFUS BUCK, and REGINA KING as TRUDY SMITH in THE HARDER THEY FALL Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Best Acting Ensemble

Belfast

CODA

Don’t Look Up

Mass

The Harder They Fall

Best Music Film

In the Heights

Respect

Summer of Soul

Tick, Tick…BOOM!

West Side Story

Best Animated Film

Encanto

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

A still of Amin Nawabi from ‘Flee’ (Courtesy of NEON)

Best Documentary

 Flee

Summer of Soul

The First Wave

The Rescue

Val

Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura in Drive My Car
Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura in Drive My Car

Best International Film

Drive My Car

Flee

The Hand of God

Titane

The Worst Person in the World

Best Screenplay

Belfast

Licorice Pizza

Mass

The French Dispatch

The Power of the Dog

DON’T LOOK UP, ARIANA GRANDE as RILEY BINA. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2021

Best Original Song

“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto

“Guns Go Bang” – The Harder They Fall

“Just Look Up” – Don’t Look Up

“No Time to Die” – No Time to Die

“So May We Start” – Annette

MEET MIRABEL – Welcome to the family Madrigal where every child is blessed with a magic gift unique to them. Everyone, that is, except Mirabel. Voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, Mirabel is determined to prove she belongs within this extraordinary family. Opening in the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2021, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Best Score

Germaine Franco – Encanto

Hans Zimmer – Dune

Jonny Greenwood – The Power of the Dog

Jonny Greenwood – Spencer

Nicholas Britell – Don’t Look Up

Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Marcus (Noah Jupe) brave the unknown in “A Quiet Place Part II.”

Best Sound

 A Quiet Place Part II

Dune

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home

The Power of the Dog

THE POWER OF THE DOG (L to R): BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as PHIL BURBANK, JESSE PLEMONS as GEORGE BURBANK in THE POWER OF THE DOG. Cr. KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX © 2021

Best Cinematography

Belfast

Dune

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Matt Smith stars as Jack in Edgar Wright’s LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh / © 2021 Focus Features, LLC

 Best Production Design

Dune

Last Night in Soho

Nightmare Alley

The French Dispatch

The Tragedy of Macbeth

(L-r) JOSH BROLIN as Gurney Halleck, OSCAR ISAAC as Duke Leto Atreides and STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON as Thufir Hawat in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “DUNE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures

 Best Editing

Belfast

Dune

Last Night in Soho

Licorice Pizza

The Power of the Dog

Simon Rex in a still from Red Rocket (Courtesy of A24)

Best Comedy Film

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Don’t Look Up

Free Guy

Licorice Pizza

Red Rocket

ANNABELLE WALLIS as Madison in New Line Cinema, Starlight Media Inc. and My Entertainment Inc.’s original horror thriller MALIGNANT, an Atomic Monster production, a Warner Bros Pictures release. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit: Ron Batzdorff

Best Horror Film

A Quiet Place Part II

Lamb

Last Night in Soho

Malignant

The Night House

Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.

Best Action Film

 Dune

No Time to Die

Nobody

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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